DUKOT Film Tour  

OCTOBER 15 &  16, 2010 (6-9pm)

GMA Pinoy TV and BAYAN-USA Spearhead National Film Tour

The Seattle premier of the critically acclaimed independent Philippine film, “Dukot” (abduct”), will be screening on
Friday October 15 & 16 at 6pm at the University of Washington Ethnic Cultural Theater (3940 Brooklyn Ave. NE).

Touring with the film are the film’s producer Dennis Evangelista, co-producer and lead actor Allen Dizon, and human rights activist Melissa Roxas. Meet with Dennis, Allen, and Melissa during a meet and greet session prior to the film and a short panel discussion will follow after each screening.

About Dukot:

Written by: Bonifacio P. Ilagan
Directed by: Joel C. Lamangan

Extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances of militant activists, crusading journalists and government critics constitute one of the more disturbing phenomena in recent years in the Philippines.

Since 2001 when Gloria Macapagal Arroyo became president, over a thousand cases have been recorded by the human rights organization Karapatan. No less than the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in the Philippines, absolutely pro-status quo, issued a rejoinder to the Philippine government. Then there was Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur, who came, looked into the situation, and filed a report indicting the present government for the “culture of impunity” now reigning in the country.

The Philippine government has flatly rejected responsibility and denied complicity in these heinous crimes, professing adherence to the Bill of Rights and to all international protocols on human rights.

“Dukot” could very well be the first full-length film that gives the lie to the claim. It deals squarely with the “culture of impunity” that has, of late, made possible the Maguindano massacre of 57 people, including 31 journalists.

The film takes off from the abduction of Junix who is listed in the so-called Order of Battle of the military, actually a death list. A student leader, he left school to devote his full time to organizing peasants and the indigenous community in the hills. On the early morning that he disappears, he meets up with his girlfriend Maricel who works in a call center. She used to be a student activist, too, but had abandoned the movement for family reasons.

The parents of Junix team up with Sonia, Maricel’s widowed mother, to search for the missing. Ably assisted by a human rights group, they go to military camps, morgues, and common graves. They, too, seek the intervention of the court of justice. The quest leads them nowhere – until a damning piece of evidence against the military establishment surfaces. Meanwhile, Junix and Maricel undergo untold torture in the course of their interrogation.

In this horrid sojourn in search of the missing, the story of Junix and Maricel – and the seething unrest and its consequent social movement in the Philippines – unravels.

“Dukot” is based on true stories. All incidents in it have actually happened. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmiT77pI4cI&feature=player_embedded

For more information visit
http://dukot.com/

Local Sponsors:
Anakbayan Seattle, Arts Kollective, Cata Catering Co., Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, Pinay sa Seattle, Philippine-US Solidarity Organization,
University of Washington Department of Southeast Asian Studies

Can’t attend the film but want to make a donation?
Your contribution will help continue efforts to end human rights violations in the Philippines. All donations will be processed via Cata Catering Co, a local sponsor for this film tour. You may also send checks to BAYAN-USA, c/o Pinay sa Seattle 5740 MLK Way, Seattle, WA 98118

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